Allan Rosenbaum is a studio artist and former Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Rosenbaum’s practice is materially based and utilizes a range of analogue processes to investigate intersections between craft, painting and sculpture. Allan has received Individual Artist Fellowships from the Virginia Commission for the Arts in both Craft and Sculpture, three early career project grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board and he is a Fellow of the Virginia Center for Creative Art. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in public collections including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Taipei Yingge Ceramics Museum, the City Museum of Varazdan, Croatia, Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Madison Art Center in Wisconsin, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art and the Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, the City of Richmond Public Art Commission, and the Kamm Teapot Foundation.
Selected Solo/Two-Person Exhibitions
2022 A-Piece-A-Part; Artspace; Raleigh, NC (two-person, scheduled)
2020 Memento; Quirk Gallery; Richmond, VA (solo)
2017 Kaleidoscopic Interchange; FAB Gallery, VCUarts Fine Arts Building, Richmond VA (solo)
2015 Binary; Mill Gallery, Pawtucket, RI (solo)
2014 Shaped Polarities: Allan Rosenbaum and Fiona Ross; Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
2013 Dialogue in Black and White; Mclean Project for the Arts; Mclean, VA (solo)
2000 Allan Rosenbaum, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2000 Poetic License: The Sculpture of Allan Rosenbaum, Visual Art Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA
1999 Allan Rosenbaum: Ceramics and Drawings, Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Little Rock, AR
Selected Group Exhibitions
2022 Hand Crafted; Blackrock Center for the Arts; Germantown, MD
2022 Verso: A Virtual Sehnsucht Exhibition; Field Projects; New York, NY
2019 About Face/Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL (travel to The Art Museum of South Texas and the Figge Art Museum)
2018 Deep Flash: On Art and Transformation; VisArts at Rockville, MD
2016 Some Abstraction Required, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC
2016 Dredged/Drawn, Fed Gallery, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
2016 Interpretations, Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design, St. Louis, MO
2015 Material World, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
2015 A Journey from Realism to Abstraction and Nob-Obejctive Art; Charles H. Taylor Art Center, Hampton, VA
2014 The Price of Freedom, Walker Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI
2014 Good As Gold, Craft Alliance,Center of Art and Design St. Louis, MO
2014 Material World, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
2010 Crossing Lines, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Newark DE
2010 Ceramica Multiplex, International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics 2009, City Museum, Varazdan, Croatia
2004 North American Ceramic Sculpture NOW, Visual Art Center, Richmond, VA
2004 The First Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2004 Perchance to Dream, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
2003 Now and Now, Second World Ceramic Biennale, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, Korea
2002 Big Head/Ceramic Sculpture on a Heroic Scale, Russell Hill Rogers Gallery, Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX
2002 Mastery in Clay, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2001 USA/Clay, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
2022 Hand Crafted; catalog published for the exhibition at Blackrock Center for the Arts; statement by Rula Jones, Curator
2019 Adamson, Glen, Jankauskas, Jennifer; About Face/Cotemporary Ceramic Sculpture; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (traveling)
2018 Deep Flash: On Art and Transformation; VisArts 30th Anniversary Exhibition; Catalog Statement: The Imbued Object, Nancy Sausser, pgs. 35-40.
2012 The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay; Lark Press; pg. 15
2008 Schwartz, Judith S; Confrontational Ceramics; A&C Black and University of Pennsylvania Press; pg 166
2007 Risatti, Howard and Trapp Kenneth R.; A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression; University of North Carolina Press
2007 500 Ceramic Sculptures; Lark Press; Introduction by Glen R. Brown; p. 86
2006 Kangas, Matthew; Craft and Concept: The Rematerialization of the Art Object; Color Plate 3; Midmarch Arts Press; 2005 Meilach, Dona; Teapots: Makers and Collectors; Schiffer Publishing; pg. 29
2004 Nicholas Roukes; Artful Jesters: Innovators of Visual Wit and Humor; pgs.116-118
2004 Peterson, Susan; The Craft and Art of Clay; fourth edition; pg. 294
2004 The First Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 2004; published by the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum; pg. 89
2004 500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form; Lark Press Introduction by Leslie Ferrin; pgs. 36, 112, 115
2003 Now & Now: World Contemporary Ceramics; catalog published for The 2nd World Ceramic Biennale Korea,
2003 Risatti, Howard; Allan Rosenbaum’s Eccentric Inventions; Ceramic Art and Perception, issue 51, pp. 57-59.
2002 500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design; Introduction by Kathy Triplett; pgs. 134,188,360;
2001 Zakin, Richard; Ceramics: Mastering the Craft; pg. 118; 2001
2001 DeBoos, Janet. “Looking in the Mirror Aspects of Figurative Ceramics,” Ceramics Art and Perception, No. 40, 2000, p.52
2001 Kangas, Matthew. "Allan Rosenbaum," American Ceramics, 12/2, p. 53
Smithsonian Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art
City Museum, Varazdan, Croatia
Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Little Rock, AR
Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA
Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Montgomery, AL
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Madison Art Center, Madison, WI
Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
Horton Watkins High School, Ladue, MO
Kamm Teapot Foundation
City of Richmond, VA Public Art Commission
Selected Grants and Awards
2015 Fellow Residency, Virginia Center for Creative Art, Amherst, VA
2013 Fellow Residency, Virginia Center for Creative Art, Amherst, VA
2005 Individual Artist Fellowships: Virginia Commission for the Arts, Sculpture
1996 Individual Artist Fellowships: Virginia Commission for the Arts, Crafts
1986-2012 Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
1986 MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.
1978 BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
My practice is a material based inquiry in search of intersections between craft, art and design. Working abstractly without an explicit narrative, I rely upon analogue processes to create hybrid objects for contemplation. The work celebrates the pleasures of form, pattern, color and craft, while emphasizing the handmade as a counterpoint to the chaos of the world. I am interested in the way the hand can slow the eye to engage the mind.
In the studio, I explore the alchemy that occurs when various materials and processes are brought together to form an object. My recent wall sculptures are labor intensive endeavors juxtaposing a range of materials and processes. The works are modeled, carved, collaged, stamped, felted, stained, abraded, leafed and painted. I utilize a collection of inherited neckties and fabric scraps from family sewing projects—intimate materials that speak about who we are and what we do, and I add to my personal palette with fabric sourced from diverse geographies and histories. I seek donations, search the internet and scour estate sales, focusing on fabrics and textiles—quilt maker’s scrap, dutch wax fabrics, vintage kimonos, and accessories that have been cherished at one time and have subsequently fallen out of favor. In response to colors and patterns in the fabric, I piece together fragments and build up layers, creating a melting pot of material that is somehow made more beautiful in the process.
Curiosity is at the heart of my work. I avoid developing a linear construction of meaning, instead exploring possibilities with material interactions and accidents through experimentation. I am involved in a continual negotiation between two and three dimensions, and an elusive search for presence.